Past the Last Mountain
A troll, faun and dragon are on the run from the United States government in this geopolitical fantasy from creators Paul Allor and Louie Joyce.
Tell us a bit about the characters and how there personalities feed into the character design.
Louie: Willa, the dragon. She's fierce but has a tender heart. A very emotional creature. Simon, the troll. He's an innocent young kid who's holding onto hope as tight as he can. Kate, the faun. Kate is badass. She's incredibly strong and loyal. Probably my favourite of the three.
So with the designs I firstly wanted to convey these key character aspects and secondly to create a unique but recognisable take on their respective creatures.
When you were creating the world was it an organic process or do you think about what needs to be there and why?
Louie: Paul let me know the key information that needed to be there for the story, and that's where you have to focus first and foremost. Am I communicating this moment or emotion clearly, is all the information there? Once you've locked down those aspects you can have fun with whatever else is happening around it all. This applies to the greater world building too. I had a lot fun drawing crowd or background characters throughout this book!
When our baby troll gives up and falls to his knees the frames flash from red to green...can you explain why?
I utilise that orangey/red colour throughout PTLM to highlight moments of significance within the story, emotional or otherwise. The simple two colour panels give each moment a sense of impact and urgency while also becoming recognizable as something important to the reader. As the story goes on and the reader gets used to it I can start to experiment with how I use that colour within the story to different effects.
Please take us thought any of the other techniques we may not be aware of and how they help control the pace and rhythm of the story.
I was very lucky to be working over page layouts by Gannon Beck on this book. Gannon's an incredibly talented storyteller in his own right so i learned heaps working with him. It was a very collaborative way to work, he would provide the frame which I would build upon. It allowed me to put extra focus on the way I used colour in telling the story and I'm really happy with how the colours on this book came out.
Watch this space to find out about the sequel of Past the Last Mountain.